Thursday, November 16, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Brisbane Heat cricket team are entrenched in the Women’s Big Bash League top four after rolling Adelaide Strikers in a classic contest at Mackay’s Harrup Park last weekend.
A match-winning half century from South African ace Mignon du Preez helped the Heat snap the third placed Strikers four match winning streak with the star recruit cracking a superb 60 off 49 balls.
The talented du Preez smashed seven boundaries and figured in valuable partnerships of 48 for the fourth wicket with 20-year-old Charli Knott (21) and a crucial fifth wicket union of 23 with skipper Jess Jonassen (15) as the Brisbane side (6-139) eclipsed the Adelaide tally of 4-137 with one ball to spare.
It was a fine knock by the South African who controlled her team’s run chase with power-laden shots off the Strikers’ spinners before she was caught and bowled by Amanda-Jade Wellington in the 17th over.
After the early loss of Georgia Redmayne (run out for 9), the dashing Grace Harris (10) and Kiwi Amelia Kerr (3), du Preez put the Heat back on track with her belligerent batting.
English recruit Bess Heath brought up the winning runs for Brisbane with an edge to the boundary in the final over.
The result left the Strikers one point behind competition leaders Sydney Thunder (13) and level with second-ranked Perth and fourth-placed Heat.
Adelaide were reeling at 3-31 after seven overs, before Madeline Penna posted an unbeaten 57 from 46 balls.
Danielle Gibson also thumped 34 not out from 17 balls to help lift the Strikers to a competitive total.
Knott (2-15 off three) and Kerr (2-22 off four) were the pick of the Heat bowlers while Australian quick Megan Schutt (2-29 off four) spearheaded the Strikers’ attack.
Photo credit: Brisbane Heat and Sinead Porter